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Now it is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits
19 – 29 October 2016
Swedenborg House, London
Frith Street Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of Now it is Permitted, an exhibition curated by Bridget Smith and Stephen McNeilly as part of the Bloomsbury Festival, London.
This exhibition is inspired by a collection of 24 New Church ‘wayside pulpits’ from the 1950s held in archive at Swedenborg House. Now it is Permitted will feature 58 newly commissioned statements from invited artists, writers, musicians, playwrights and filmmakers, including Fiona Banner and Cornelia Parker, as well as Smith herself.
On the occasion of National Poetry Day this October 8th, our artist Bridget Smith makes headline news as she creates a film for Stephen Hawking in which he reads a poem especially written for him by poet Sarah Howe.
Hawking’s synthesised voice counterposes the physical terror of waking “brushed by panic in the dark” with the intellectual power of quantum physics. “They say/ a flash seen from on and off a hurtling train/ will explain why time dilates like a perfect/ afternoon,” he says, asking “If we can think/ this far, might not our eyes adjust to the dark?”
Watch the film here: http://nationalpoetryday.forwardartsfoundation.org/think-like-a-poet/
If You Want To Talk About Light You Have To Talk About Waves
25 April – 4 July 2015
Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea
Bridget Smith has exhibited her work internationally and is known for a style that is both documentary and reliant upon the imagination. This ambitious new body of work takes the artist’s interest in the transformative properties of light, colour and pattern further, into a series of installations throughout the gallery that draw on her experiences growing up near Southend’s pleasure resort – a space where the ‘unreal’ emerges as an intense aesthetic experience.
To celebrate our 25th anniversary, Frith Street Gallery is delighted to announce the reopening of our original space at 60 Frith Street, Soho Square, where the gallery first operated in 1989. Since opening, Frith Street Gallery has emerged as one of the art world’s most interesting forces, instrumental in developing the careers of internationally renowned figures as well as supporting those at earlier stages of their career. The reopening of the space marks our achievements to date and our quarter century.
21 April – 2 June 2013
Bromer Art Collection, Roggwil, Switzerland
In its inaugural exhibition ‹Lovin’ it›, the Bromer Art Collection, a museum whose collecting activity focuses on mountain painting and contemporary art, will show works by national and international contemporary artists. The exhibition’s title stands for the figments and fallacies of our times, the clichés and opposing opinions that shape our worldview. The majestic Matterhorn, the very epitome of the mountain, appeals to most tourists and Swiss residents. It has a high recognition value and has long become an emblem, if not even a product – reproduced and sold in the thousands. Yet what exactly does this symbol suggest today – or has it become a mere empty vessel for rigid and fossilised notions?
Bridget Smith will be showing three photographs, ‘Austrian Suite’ 1997, ‘Highway Street’ 1996 – 7 and ‘Madonna Suite’ 1997.
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